Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly
To adopt Section 2r of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio
This proposed amendment would:
Explanation: This ballot issue proposes a constitutional amendment that would provide compensation to veterans serving during the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts. The amendment is similar to the bond issues passed by the voters to compensate veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict. It will provide the state with the authority to issue up to $200 million of bonds. The Ohio treasurer has estimated that only $106 million of the bond proceeds might actually be needed. All bonds must be issued by December 31, 2013. Repayment of these bonds would be a general obligation of the state backed by the taxing power of the state. Revenue from these bonds would be used to provide additional compensation as follows:
1. Authorize the state to issue up to two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000) of bonds to provide compensation to veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts, and to pay for the administration of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts Compensation Bond Retirement Fund and the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts Compensation Fund.
2. Authorize the Ohio Department of Veterans Services to provide compensation to persons who have served in active duty in
the United States armed forces at any time during the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq conflicts and who were Ohio residents
at the start of active duty services and are currently Ohio residents.
3. Allow certain survivors to receive the same compensation as the person who served in the armed forces would have received,
if that person dies or is designated as missing in action or held in enemy captivity.
4. Authorize the state to issue bonds only for the time period from the effective date of this amendment until December 31, 2013.
If adopted, this amendment shall take effect immediately.
A "YES" vote means approval of the amendment.
A "NO" vote means disapproval of the amendment.
A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.
SHALL THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT BE APPROVED?
-- Payment may be made to Ohio residents who have served on active duty in the United States armed forces between August 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991, which was the duration of the Persian Gulf conflict; between October 7, 2001 and the end of the United States' involvement in Afghanistan; and between March 19, 2003 and the end of the United States' involvement in Iraq.
-- Veterans who served domestically or in foreign service in locations other than the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or Iraq may receive $50 for each month served up to a maximum of $500.
-- Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or Iraq may receive $100 for each month served up to a maximum of $1000, or may receive $1000 if medically discharged due to combat-related disabilities.
-- If a person died as a result of injuries sustained in Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or Iraq service, that person's family may receive $5000.
-- If a person is missing in action or held in enemy captivity, that person's family may receive $5000.
The Legislative Services Commission estimates that issuing $200 million of obligations could increase the state's annual debt service expense by up to $18 million. The voters must approve this bonding authority because the Ohio constitution does not permit an appropriation being made for a period longer than two years.
Secretary of State
- Ohio Issues Report (PDF)
- State Issue Ballot Information for the November 2009 Election as prepared by the Ohio Ballot Board.
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